Is the responsibility of Zakāt a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives?

  Q: Is the responsibility of Zakāt a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives? Most spouses would have joint finances and liabilities or would treat theirs as such. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakāt is strictly a personal obligation.  Even in jointly […]

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Is it permissible to use Zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects?

Q: Is it permissible to use Zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is not permissible to use zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects as none of these avenues satisfy the requirement of proprietary transfer […]

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Do I pay zakah on an investment from which I get no return, but whose value rises?

Q: Do I pay zakāh on an investment from which I get no return, but whose value rises? I had about £51,300 on which I paid zakāh this year which left me with about £50,000. I then invested that £50,000 into a company. So now I own 5% percentage of that company. I am not […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on shares held for me by a nominee?

Q: Do I have to pay zakāh on shares held for me by a nominee on trust? For e.g. I purchase shares in my own name via TD Waterhouse who hold legal title on a nominee basis. This means they are shown on the company register as the legal owners of the shares. However they […]

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Is it permissible to work as an energy trader?

Q: Is it permissible to work as an energy trader? The role would involve trading futures contracts. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Trading in futures contracts does not comply with Shari‘ah requirements and so any remuneration earned for performing such activity is not halal. Essentially, a sale contract must be contracted at […]

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Is my income as a para-planner halal?

Q: Is my income as a para-planner ḥalāl, since I will be doing the research but not the advising on the different products (life insurance, mortgages, fixed interest bonds, mutual funds with non sharīʿah compliant companies etc)? I am currently training as a para-planner at a small independent financial advisory firm and I wish to […]

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My employer wants me to exaggerate the time spent on tasks on a timesheet for a client

Q: My employer wants me to exagerate the time spent on tasks on a timesheet for a client. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: You cannot make a dishonest claim even if it is at the insistence of your employer. If it is normal practice that the time taken to register the time […]

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Gifting a land without registering the name of the giftee

Q: My father bought much land and properties overseas during his life. One particular piece of land  was bought especially for my mother and he expressed this to her and there are witnesses to his statements.  She accepted the gift but did not want her name showing on the property documents as she believed her husband’s […]

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Are the earnings of a non practicing Muslim halal?

Q: I  have a sister who works as a teacher for a school but she does not take hijab nor pray, but she stays in our house, is her earnings halaal? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The lawfulness of any earnings depends on the lawfulness of the role being performed. Failure to maintain […]

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